Black History Month Moment- The Black Panther Take Over
Black Panther is high on the charts! The movie has broken box office records. The previous record for a February opening weekend was set with Deadpool at $132 million, over the Friday - Sunday frame and $152 million over the Friday - Monday Presidents Day weekend. Black Panther destroyed those numbers and earned $201.8 million and $241.9m over the holiday. Right now Black Panther stands as the number one movie in the world.
Beyond the impressive numbers, Black Panther has become an inspiration for many young black kids. The film is a great representation of Black people and African culture.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wanted to offer black readers a character they can identify with, so they created the Black Panther in 1966. We normally see Black people portrayed as criminals, slaves, and maids. Black Panther takes people of African descent out of that narrative.
“It’s the first time in a very long time that we’re seeing a film with centered black people, where we have a lot of agency,” says Jamie Broadnax, the founder of Black Girl Nerds. "These characters are rulers of a kingdom, inventors, and creators of advanced technology. We’re not dealing with black pain, and black suffering, and black poverty”
Black Panther also proved wrong the Hollywood myth that movies about and starring black people would not do well overseas. The film has already opened in 70 percent of foreign territories and has made 169 million dollars. This doesn't even include China, Japan, and Russia where it will open in coming weeks and is expected to make even more money in those countries alone.
Black Panther has taken over our culture right now. Every day one of the trending topics on social media is something related to Black Panther. Hopefully, this Marvel film will help change the way people view black/ African culture.